Selvyn Seidel

  • Retired Partner

It is with great sadness that we mourn the death of New York retired partner Selvyn Seidel, who passed away September 14. He was 77.

Warmly known as Sel to all, he joined Latham in 1985 as a founding partner of the firm's New York office, having amassed at that point two decades of formidable international law experience for clients near and abroad. He was also a longtime member of the International Law, Federal Courts, Civil Courts, and Grievance Committees of the New York Bar Association.

Sel retired from Latham in 2006, later establishing the international litigation finance firms Burford Advisors and Fulbrook Capital Management.

Selvyn Seidel retired from partnership on December 31, 2006.  He was a partner at Latham & Watkins' New York office. His practice dealt mostly with international practice and litigation. For a number of years, he was Chairman of the Latham & Watkins International Practice Group, which has responsibility for the overall international practice of Latham & Watkins. He was also Chairman of the International Litigation and Arbitration Group. Mr. Seidel has represented a number of well-known clients in a variety of significant international and national matters.

Mr. Seidel was an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, where he taught courses in federal and international practice and litigation from 1974 to 1984. A member of the New York City Bar Association, Mr. Seidel is, and has been, actively involved in the International Law, Federal Courts, Civil Courts and Grievance Committees. He is also a member of the American Bar Association's International Practice Section and Litigation Committee, and a member of the International Bar Association. He has lectured before the Practising Law Institute and Continuing Education of the Bar. His writing includes publications relating to international matters.


  • Education
    • Diploma in Law, Oxford University, 1968
    • JD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1967
    • BA, University of Chicago, 1964
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